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Kristen Smith involuntarily removed from Army Reserve in 2012

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Army Reserve says Kristen Smith, the woman charged with kidnapping her half sister's newborn, was involuntarily removed from duty.

Military officials say Smith served in a Wisconsin-based Army Reserve unit from December 2011 until her discharge one year later.

A U.S. Army Reserve spokesman says a discharge that early into an 8-year commitment usually signals major problems with the persons service record or personal life. The reason for her discharge cannot be released under Army policy.

Smith was indicted on Wednesday for kidnapping her nephew, Kayden Powell and leaving him behind at an Iowa gas station. A preliminary hearing in Iowa Thursday morning was waived, and she's expected to appear in federal court in Wisconsin Friday.


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